May 4, 2021
Diocesan Listening Sessions scheduled
we want your feedback
The Standing Committee has made plans for diocesan listening sessions as the next step in our bishop transition. These online sessions will offer clergy, diocesan leaders, and parishioners an opportunity to share your concerns and hopes at this moment in the life of our diocese.

We have engaged New Realm Consulting, led by the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, to host the sessions. She and her team will lead the meetings and take notes during the conversations. They will then write a report for the Standing Committee. We will, in turn, make a thorough report to the whole diocese.

Sessions are targeted for specific cohorts throughout the diocese. Advance registration for any of the sessions is required. Each session has a separate registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Monday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.: Active Priests Register here
  • Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Deacons Register here
  • Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m.: General (parishioners, and anyone who can’t attend another session) Register here
  • Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.: Retired Clergy Register here
  • Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.: Lay Leaders (Vestries, Diocesan Council, diocesan committees) Register here
  • Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m..: Active Priests Register here
  • Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m.: General (parishioners, and anyone who can’t attend another session) Register here

If you have any questions regarding the Listening Sessions, contact the Standing Committee at standingcommittee@diosohio.org.
Prayers for our former companion diocese
Those Episcopalians who have been around a while may remember that during the episcopate of Bishop Herbert Thomspon, Jr., the Diocese of Southern Ohio shared a companion diocese relationship with the Diocese of the Windward Islands. The See of that diocese, the Cathedral and the bishop's residence are all on the island of St. Vincent, which has suffered catastrophic damage from the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, which has been spewing lava, volcanic ash and toxic sulphur gases since April 9. It was the first eruption of the volcano in over 40 years.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Last week, the United Nations approved a resolution expressing solidarity and support for the island nation. We are asking all in the diocese to keep the people of St. Vincent in their prayers.
Photos needed
Our diocesan website relies on quality, interesting images to keep the site new and fresh. We incorporate several pictures from around the diocese in sliders on both the home page and most interior pages.

Send in your photos! We're looking for some fresh images of Episcopalians doing stuff in their communities or closeups of elements of our beautiful worship spaces. Photos need to be high resolution and shot in landscape orientation. Send photos to Julie Murray at jmurray@diosohio.org.
Becoming Beloved Community
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.
Advocacy briefing: Weigh in on the State Budget
Speak up now for children!

Ohio senators are now debating the House-passed biennial budget which includes a new, bipartisan formula which could finally create fair funding allocation across school districts after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the way the State allocates K-12 funding is unconstitutional. Without strong citizen input, the Senate is likely to drop this Cupp-Patterson formula.

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Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.
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CEEP webinar: Change is Coming - The Parochial Report and Your Parish
CEEP webinar
Wednesday, May 5
3:00 p.m.

As we move into a future filled with change and adjusting to a secularized society, understanding our parish engagement and measuring activities is critical. Join members of the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee (which oversees revision of the parochial report), Executive Council and staff from the General Convention Office to discuss parochial report revision. 

The committee has engaged several questions in its evaluation of recent and ongoing efforts to revise the parochial report. These include:

  1. How can the parochial report be a helpful tool for the congregations filling it out? 
  2. How can the parochial report help measure and inform congregational vitality? 
  3. How can the parochial report collect both quantitative and qualitative data to provide a fuller picture of the state of the Episcopal Church? 

At the same time, the pandemic has raised new questions about how we understand and measure attendance and membership. Join this panel as they review their work to-date and discuss what is to come. 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about the parochial report. 

Connecting with Procter Center
You are never too old to play! Introducing Silver Camp
Procter Camp for those 50+
August 2 - 5
The Rev. Steve Cuff, Silver Camp Director

Come away for a time to experience Procter Camp with others who’ve been practicing life for a while. We will explore a theme of Spirituality & Aging, with lodging in the comfortable Thompson Lodge (single or double rooms available), enjoy delicious Procter meals, and many beloved camp activities: arts & crafts, fishing, swimming, worship, gardening, campfire, and more! There are a limited number of accessible rooms available and we’ll have a golf cart on-hand to facilitate full participation.

Don’t delay, register today! Proctercenter.org/camp
Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live at Lunch
Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature these upcoming performances listed below in May. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

May 11: Sylvia Mitchell & Paul Patterson (Eclectic violins, electric and acoustic strings)
May 18: Ron Esposito (Tibetan prayer bowls)
May 25: Cincinnati Recorder Consort
Spiritual Songs from the Gift of Isolation
Saturday, May 8
7 p.m.

For this concert, vocal ensembles Trio Heri et Hodie and Coro Volante will draw from the unique voices of women seeking out a spiritual path by withdrawing from the world who found a verdant and abundant creativity within the strictures of that isolation. The program will include music by Byzantine nun Kassiani, Hildegard von Bingen, and Chiara Cozzolani as well as premieres of works written during the COVID quarantine by Italian, Indian-American, and American composers. This concert is made possible by contributions to the cathedral’s Friends of Music Fund. 

No admission charge.
Organ recital
Sunday, May 9
4 p.m.

Thom Miles performs music from seventeenth-century Italy, works by Johann Pachelbel and Dieterich Buxtehude, and preludes and fugues from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier on C. B. Fisk Opus 148 in Centennial Chapel. 

No admission charge.
Summer Art Camp: June 7-11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 7-12
Summer Music Camp: June 21-25, Ages 8-14

*In Response to COVID-19
All programming is subject to change due to pandemic-related restrictions. Whenever possible, we will offer services and concerts via live stream if in-person gatherings are not permitted. Please check the cathedral website (cincinnaticathedral.com) for updates throughout the season.
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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, news and events, visit cincinnaticathedral.com.
Repeat announcements
Bishop Price to hold two final Zoom gatherings
Bishop Price will hold two final open Zoom gatherings for clergy and laity on May 19 and 20. You must register in advance to attend one of the gatherings:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Faith in Life offers assistance for live streaming

Faith in Life has made available funds for congregations that would like to have their current live stream capabilities evaluated by a consultant and receive recommendations for enhancing their current technology.

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A Post-Pandemic Pilgrimage/Study Trip to the Holy Land

July 27 - August 6, 2021. Explore the sites of the Holy Land (Jerusalem, West Bank, and Galilee) through the theological lens of a pluralist Orthodox Rabbi, an Israeli political activist and a religious educator and Episcopal priest.

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Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Commission urges removal of Sewanee theologian from calendar of saints over white supremacist writings
Every year, on Aug. 18, Episcopalians are invited to pray a collect that honors theologian William Porcher DuBose for his God-given “gifts of grace to understand the Scriptures and to teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.”

A century after DuBose’s death in 1918, this seminary professor and dean is regarded as an Episcopal saint whose feast day is one of more than 150 such “lesser feasts” on the church’s official calendar. The short biography for DuBose in the church’s published volume of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” describes him as “among the most original and creative thinkers The Episcopal Church has ever produced.” The entry on DuBose also briefly mentions his service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

In the past year, however, researchers have highlighted other aspects of DuBose’s life that cast doubt on his fitness for a feast day. His family once owned hundreds of slaves, and long after slavery was abolished, DuBose offered unapologetic defenses of that system of racial oppression while espousing white supremacy in some of his writings, even praising the early Ku Klux Klan.

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Job opportunities
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